If You Can Hit a Garbage Can, You Can Do Anything


by Brandon Steiner December 20, 2015 0 Comments

Back when I was coaching Little League I needed to find a way for my team to understand the fundamentals; the basics. We were struggling, but I had an idea. I brought in some autographed baseballs and Pokémon cards. I said,"Guys, do you want some of this stuff?"

Of course they all said yes.

I put a big garbage can on home plate and I lined them up all around the infield.

“Hit this and you win (item XYZ)."

Well, the kids were pretty motivated, but we started this at 4:30 with practice ending at 5 o' clock. By the time 6 o' clock rolled around, no one had hit the can yet...but they wanted those cards and baseballs. We had to pull the parents cars up to put the lights on the field.

After almost 2 hours they finally started to hit the can, but I think they understood the importance and accuracy.

How does that relate to you? So much of what we do in business is based on one thing, yet we tend to take for granted some of the biggest fundamentals in business and in life.

Now, what happened with the team? We became one of the best fielding teams that year and it all stemmed from this one practice. The kids understood the importance of accuracy, a key fundamental in baseball.

There’s a lot of things we probably do over the course of the day, but there is always probably one fundamental thing that you have to do to make or break your job or your relationship. As we get set to start a new year, think about this: are you really working on the fine points of what’s most important to you?

What’s the main thing that you do at your job that separates you from everyone else? Are you the best at it or do you just assume that you’re just really good and that’s just good enough?




Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner

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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.




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